Chicago residents are fighting back against Mayor Brandon Johnson’s plans to construct a massive tent city for illegal border crossers in their neighborhood. Not only did the state temporarily halt construction due to concerns over toxic chemicals in the soil, but now the residents have filed a lawsuit against the city. It’s clear that the mayor’s reckless and unilateral decision to place hundreds of illegal immigrants in the middle of a residential area is not sitting well with the community.
Black Residents Sue Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson over Migrant ‘Tent City,’ State Halts Construction over Toxic Chemicals in Soil https://t.co/D45OBvmjoe
— Wendy Kortepeter (@WKortepeter) December 5, 2023
The residents are rightfully upset that they were not consulted or given a chance to voice their concerns about the tent city. It seems that Mayor Johnson has no respect for the desires or safety of his constituents. It’s shocking that he would push forward with such a controversial project without any regard for the potential impact on the neighborhood.
To make matters worse, the city is now arguing that they don’t have to follow their own zoning and building codes. This is a blatant disregard for the rule of law and shows a complete lack of accountability on the part of Mayor Johnson’s administration. It’s unacceptable that they would expect residents to simply accept the construction of a tent city without any legal permits.
The fact that the soil at the site has been found to contain hazardous chemicals is deeply concerning. While the city claims that the removal of a small amount of soil makes the site safe for temporary residential use, state officials are rightfully skeptical. It’s clear that Mayor Johnson’s office is more interested in pushing their agenda than in ensuring the safety and well-being of the residents.
The residents of Brighton Park are standing up for their rights and holding their elected officials accountable. They deserve to have a say in what happens in their own neighborhood. Mayor Johnson should take note and reconsider his plans for the migrant tent city before further damaging his relationship with the community he is supposed to serve.